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Defer/Withdraw

Deferring or withdrawing from your programme is a big decision. You can read more about your options and the financial implications below.

Before You Defer/Withdraw

Before you decide to defer your place for one year or withdraw from your programme, we recommend that you meet with your Head of School/Assistant Head of School/Programme Tutor to discuss your options. The Institute has a number of Support Services available if you would like some advice or guidance in reaching the best decision for you. The DIT Student Retention Officer and/ or Student Counsellor/Counselling Service can also offer good advice.

If you are deferring for medical reasons, please attach medical certificates to your deferral form.

Please see DIT’s Student Registration & Fees Policy for further details on the financial implications of deferring or withdrawing from a DIT programme.

Financial Implications of Deferring/Withdrawing

* Part-time music students, registered on programme code :A001, should refer to the Conservatory of Music & Drama, Terms & Conditions for information on defering/withdrawing.

Deferring your place on a Programme

  • You are required to complete our official DIT Application to Defer . This form must be completed in full and must be signed by both you and an academic.
  • You are responsible for submitting the completed form to DIT's Student Service Centre atrequestastudentservice@dit.ie.
  • If you are in receipt of a grant, you are responsible for informing their awarding body of their intention to defer.
  • The date which the completed form is submitted to a Student Service Centre is recorded as the official date of deferral within DIT.
  • Deferrals are given for one academic year only.
  • If you are Springboard funded you do not have the option to defer your place because of the nature of funding for this programme.
  • The closing date for deferral applications for undergraduate full-time students is the 31st May. Deferral applications submitted after the 31st May will not be processed by the Student Services as the academic session ends on this date.
  • If you are deferring for medical reasons please attach medical certs to the completed deferral form.

Application to Defer

NOTE: You have not deferred your place on your programme in DIT until the above process has been completed, discussion with an academic is not sufficient .  Deferrals are granted for one academic year only.

Withdrawing from your programme

If you wish to withdraw please follow the procedure below.

  • You are required to complete an official Withdrawing from your studies form. This form must be completed in full and must be signed by both you and an academic.
  • You are responsible for submitting the completed form to any DIT Student Service Centre atrequestastudentservice@dit.ie.
  • If you are in receipt of a grant, students are responsible for informing their awarding body of their intention to withdraw.
  • The date which the completed form is submitted to a Student Service Centre is recorded as the official date of withdrawal.

Application to withdraw from DIT


NOTE: You have not withdrawn your place on  your programme in DIT until the above process has been completed, discussion with an academic is not sufficient.